Advanced Materials

Printing Microvascular Networks: Omnidirectional Printing of 3D Microvascular Networks (Adv. Mater. 24/2011)

Authors

  • Willie Wu,

    1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
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  • Adam DeConinck,

    1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
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  • Jennifer A. Lewis

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    1. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
    • Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA.
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Abstract

Jennifer A. Lewis and co-workers present 3D biomimetic microvascular networks of nearly arbitrary design on page H178. The networks are fabricated using omnidirectional printing of a fugitive ink within a photopolymerizable hydrogel matrix. After printing and curing, the ink is removed from the matrix leaving behind hierarchical, bifurcating channels that mimic natural microvasculature. (Image credit: W. Wu and J. A. Lewis, University of Illinois.)

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